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Research 161 - Assessment of disposal options for treated waste water from single houses in low permeability subsoils

Authors: Laurence Gill, Donata Dubber, Vincent O’Flaherty, Mary Keegan, Kate Kilroy, Sean Curneen, Bruce Misstear, Paul Johnston, Francesco Pilla, Tim McCarthy, Nadeem Qazi and David Smyth, January 2016

Year: 2016

The potential impacts of incorrectly situated or poorly constructed domestic waste water treatment systems (DWWTSs) include the polution of either groundwater and/or surface water and places a risk on human health particularly via private wells.

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Research 162 - Hospital effluent: impact on the microbial environment and risk to human health

Authors: Dearbháile Morris, Suvi Harris, Carol Morris,Enda Commins and Martin Cormican, January 2016

Year: 2016

Antibiotic resistance is a major public health problem. In Ireland, and most of Europe, hospital effluent is released into the urban wastewater system without any specific measurement of antibiotic levels or antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and without any pre-treatment.

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Research 160 - Investigation of Novel Technologies and New Procedures for Environmental Enforcement

Year: 2015

This project identifies novel technologies for environmental enforcement to support local authorities.

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Research 158 - Assessing the Impact of Domestic Solid Fuel on Ambient Air Quality in Ireland

Year: 2015

Synthesis report for the study which involved the measurement of particulate and PAH levels in Letterkenny, Killarney, Navan and Tralee for a period of one year in order to ascertain the level of particulate air quality in those towns.

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Research 159: Ensemble of regional climate model projections for Ireland

Year: 2015

This report provides an outline of the regional climate modelling undertaken to determine the potential impacts of climate change in Ireland, based on a number of possible future scenarios, and to highlight the key findings.

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Research 156 - Visualisation and quantification of the interaction of fluorescent nanoparticles with ecotoxicologically relevant species

Year: 2015

This research aimed to clarify some aspects of the nature and consequences of the interaction between engineered nanoparticles and the environment.

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EPA Research 155: Public Engagement in Integrated Catchment Management

Mark Boyden, StreamScapes Aquatic & Biodiversity Education Project, November 2015

Year: 2015

This study provides an overview of practical examples of public engagement and makes recommendations in an effort to contribute to the quest to determine viable, practicable and effective engagement techniques to secure meaningful participation by the public in the attainment of essential aquatic and biodiversity goals.

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Research 163 - Saltmarsh Angiosperm Assessment Tool for Ireland (SMAATIE)

Authors: Fiona M. Devaney and Philip M. Perrin, November 2015

Year: 2015

The EU Water Framework Directive aims to protect and enhance the quality of rivers, lakes, groundwater, estuaries and coastal waters. Member States (MS), such as Ireland, must aim to achieve good status in all waters by 2015 and ensure that status does not decline. As part of this commitment, MS must assess and classify the quality of transitional and coastal waters.

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Research 157: MOLAND Lite - Land use modelling for SEA alternatives development and assessment

Year: 2015

MOLAND is a land use computer model that is based on socio-economic and demographic data and provides an image of the possible future. The model can ascertain what land use planning alternatives will look like over set time periods, and so it can be used to assess, monitor and model the development of (sub-)regional environments.

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Research 157: Developing and Assessing Alternatives in Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

Year: 2015

Alternatives are fundamental to Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and are required under the SEA Directive (Directive 2001/42/EC).1. Research Report 157 contains recommendations for the development of these alternatives

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Water Research in Ireland 2014-2020

EPA Research - using knowledge to protect and improve our natural environment and human health, November 2015

Year: 2015

A summary of the EPA Water Research Programme, key achievements, water research publications and water research projects funded 2014-2020.

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EPA Research - Water Research in Ireland (2007-2013)

Author: Lisa Sheils, EPA, updated in 2015 by Abigail Murphy and Alice Wemaere, EPA, September 2015

Year: 2015

List of Water Projects funded by EPA Research Programme between 2007 and 2013.

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Research 136: Development of Methodologies and Modelling for Accounting Greenhouse Gases and Organic Carbon Stocks in Agricultural Soils

Year: 2015

This research fellowship progressed in three areas: (i) estimation of SOC stocks within major agricultural land uses; (ii) detailed model simulation of GHGs and SOC stock changes using the ECOSSE model; and (iii) the intercomparison of the ECOSSE, DNDC, and DailyDayCent process-based models calibrated to Irish conditions.

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CCRP 31: Influence of Transboundary Air Pollution on Acid-sensitive Ecosystems

CCRP 31 - Julian Aherne, Andrew Burton, Heidi Scott, Colin Whitfield & Marta Wolniewicz, July 2015

Year: 2015

This project looks at the impacts of transboundary air pollution on lakes in Ireland. Sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, levels of trace metals (including mercury) and persistant organic pollutants (POPS) were examined in relatively unimpacted upland lakes.

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Research 154: PALM: A Personal Activity–Location Model of Exposure to Air Pollution

Year: 2015

The Personal Activity–Location Model (PALM) project investigated methods for modelling an individual’s personal exposure to air pollution taking into account variations in their activity and location.

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Research 141: Carbon Loss from Drained Organic Soils under Grassland – CALISTO

Year: 2015

This study describes a two year study of the net ecosystem carbon balance of two such sites and aims to deliver data to allow the Republic of Ireland (ROI) to progress towards a higher tier reporting level for this land use category.

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Research 140: ADAPT: Quantifying the Costs and Benefits Associated with Climate Change Risks and Adaptation

Year: 2015

This report sets out the findings of the ADAPT Project. The objectives of the project were to examine the role that economic appraisal methods, including cost–benefit analysis (CBA), can play in the choice of adaptation options, and to make recommendations on possible approaches.

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Research 139: Climate Status Report Compilation Guidelines

Year: 2015

The aim of this document is to give guidance on the compilation of a periodic climate status report, based on the experience of compiling the 2013 edition.

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Research Report 135: The Development of an Irish Climate Information Platform (ICIP)

Year: 2015

Currently, there is a large body of work on current and anticipated impacts of climate change for Ireland, and it is now considered that there is a robust knowledge base on which to begin the process of adaptation planning (Desmond et al., 2009).

UGEE JRP - Tasks Update 15/07/2015

Year: 2015

The UGEE Joint Research Programme is a comprehensive programme of research and there are many elements to it (some baseline analysis & desk –based literature reviews). Further details on the research programme are currently available on a dedicated website This document is an update on the status of the tasks of the UGEE JRP, as of 15/07/2015.